Election 2018

Michael Pope

Voting results in the recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate show some signs that the traditional urban-rural divide may be slipping a bid.

Democrats now have a slate of candidates heading into the fall election that may not be as progressive as some would like.  But that might end up helping them in the fall.

Michael Pope

Republicans chose Corey Stewart, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump and defender of Confederate monuments, as their nominee for the state's U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, while Democrats picked women in five of six Congressional District primaries.


Virginia’s 6th Congressional District stretches from Roanoke and Lynchburg north into the Shenandoah Valley.  It has been represented by Republican Bob Goodlatte for more than 25 years.

But Goodlatte’s not running for reelection and Democrats see a window of opportunity starting with Tuesday’s primary.

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Virginia’s 7th Congressional District is represented by Republican Dave Brat. He’s taken heat from Democrats ever since he was caught on tape at a fundraiser, criticizing activists as being up “in my grill.”

The comments added fuel to the fire, energizing Democrats to take Brat on in the 2018 midterms. Still, the largely rural seat in Central Virginia is a long shot.